25.07.2016 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General calls for investigation into the murder of journalist Pedro Tamayo Rosas in Mexico

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today urged the authorities to investigate the killing of Pedro Tamayo Rosas in Tierra Blanca, in eastern Mexico on 20 July.

“I condemn the murder of Pedro Tamayo Rosas,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to investigate this killing and bring its perpetrators to justice. Guns must not be allowed to circumscribe press freedom and freedom of information, both of which are essential for democracy and rule of law.”

Pedro Tamayo Rosas, a reporter for daily newspapers Al Calor Politico and Piñero de la Cuenca, was shot outside his home. He had been under police protection since he began receiving threats in January this year.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.


Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”



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